The Renewable Revolution
By Sajed Kamal
Our environment and society is threatened by fuel shortages, a changing climate and energy wars. In our race for survival we are awakened to the simple truth that the essential condition of sustainability lies in our ability to live within the limits and renewability of natural resources. It invokes within us an urgent need for transition from an obsolete, destructive and unsustainable energy path to a sustainable path of innovation, renewable energy and peace. The good news is that the technology required to make this transition is already available.
From an author with over 30 years' experience campaigning for and setting up renewable energy projects around the world, this book is unique for its interdisciplinary approach-interweaving technology, economics, environmental science, philosophy, history, spirituality and politics, asserting that to understand the crisis and find a sustainable solution requires a holistic perspective. Readers will understand the vast renewable resource we have at our disposal in the form of solar, wind, water, heat and biogas, and the technologies used to harness this power. There are also the emerging prospects of solar hydrogen fuel cells, biofuels and geothermal. The true economic advantages of a shift to a renewables-based economy (and how we can get there) are also laid out clearly. There's much to learn from examples around the world while we devise local and appropriate solutions.
Written for a crossover readership of students, educators, professionals, academics, activists and policymakers, both nationally and internationally, this is a comprehensive but readable and practical book that will inspire readers to wake others up to our renewable solutions.
"Sajed Kamal's book is an immensely important contribution to our understanding of what is happening to our planet and what we can do about it. He combines the careful research of the scientist with the passionate imagination of the poet. I hope will be widely read."—Howard Zinn, author of and .
"Dr Kamal lives and writes a vision. It is a vision of reconciliation between humanity and the planet – a reconciliation that is accomplished through the medium of energy – natural energy, spiritual energy, clean energy. In plumbing the implications of solar technology for our survival, Dr Kamal has identified the transcendent nature of that technology. Solar energy, he reveals, is far more than a simple source of electricity and warmth. It provides an elemental bridge between a history which has been based on depletion and exploitation and a future which, if it is to exist at all, must be based on balance, renewal and a most practical harmony with our species' home."—Ross Gelbspan, Pulitzer journalist and author of and .
Sajed Kamal, EdD, teaches in the sustainable international development program at Brandeis University and has been involved in the field for more than thirty years as a lecturer and consultant internationally, setting up projects in the United States, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Armenia and El Salvador. He is also an award-winning poet, artist, educational consultant, psychotherapist, translator and published author of a dozen books and many articles in a wide range of areas. In 2007, he was awarded Boston "Mayor's First Annual Green Award for Community Leadership in Energy and Climate Protection" and in 2008, a "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Region. The "Greener Issue" of The Boston Sunday Globe Magazine on September 28 2008, featured him as one of the "Six local heroes whose work is having rippling effects-at home and far away-in making the world a better place."
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